Great walk-through on how to stretch the Piriformis. I massage this pesky muscle frequently on people with low back and sciatic issues. Stretching this guy can help get you some relief.
One of the more commonly tight muscles, the piriformis, can be a real pain in your …. well, you know. But stretching it out regularly will help reduce pain and discomfort in your … well, you know. The following stretches aren’t just for the piriformis though. They also help with the gluteus minimus and other external rotators of the hip (there are five others!).
Some indications that you may need to stretch your external hip rotators are:
- sciatic pain
- SI joint pain
- stiffness in the hips
- postural imbalances such as being ‘duck-footed’ (toes pointing out) or weight bearing on one leg (hip jutting out)
Without further ado, here are some stretches and modifications for the external hip rotators. Find one that best suits your flexibility level.
Pigeon Pose: Kneeling on all 4s, bring the right knee forward to the right wrist. Let the right knee sink out toward the ground…
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